Meet the Team

Katherine Adams and Steven Hunter

PierPoint is run by two industry leaders whose talents pair perfectly, Katherine Adams and Steve Hunter. Katherine Adams comes from the purchasing side of the world, while Steve Hunter has a background in manufacturing. Together, they’re tackling the textiles industry.

Back in 2014, Katherine Adams acquired PierPoint Pacific becoming Chairman and CEO. Adams was the co-founder of The Carroll Adams Group, where she was a silent partner but left after having one of those “Eat, Pray, Love” moments. PierPoint was then offered to her, and she couldn’t pass up the opportunity, even with wanderlust pulling at her heartstrings.

Adams attended Johnson & Wales University. It’s here that she obtained her degree in hospitality. A degree that would later serve dual purposes for both The Carroll Adams Group and PierPoint. It’s also here that she worked at a pizza shop with a classmate, Ted Carroll, who ultimately became her first business partner.

Steve Hunter received his degree in business administration from the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio. After college, he worked for various companies, all of which allowed him to master a specific skill set that would lead him into purchasing Indon, a furniture company. It was while he was at Indon that Adams offered him the position as President and COO of PierPoint.

Both Adams and Hunter helped turn PierPoint into what it is today, an industry leader in the manufacturing and production of custom textiles and accessories for the hospitality industry. In the coming years, Adams and Hunter plan to make PierPoint a brand that people know for quality, innovative products, and services.

Besides being married to their work, Adams and Hunter are also married to each other! When they’re not working, they enjoy boating, entertaining or getting their toes sandy at the beach!


 

Gary Jilek

Gary has worked in the hospitality industry for several years in a variety of positions.  Additionally, he has worked as a Project Manager on procurement projects and product installations for The Carroll Adams Group.   While at the Carroll Adams Group he worked on projects for such companies as Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, Holiday Inn, and a variety of others.

All of this experience has given him great insight and will enable him to work with and understand the needs of our customers.

When not working, Gary enjoys spending time with his family (including their dog Wiley) as well as traveling.

 


Melissa Schiavone –Project Coordinator

Melissa joined PierPoint in the summer of 2016.  Previously employed in both the hospitality (Marriott and Sonesta) and the interior design (The Stearn Company) industries, her move to PierPoint was a perfect fit.
When not at work, Melissa enjoys cooking, traveling with her husband and spending time with her children who live in Georgia and South Carolina
Melissa earned a degree in Psychology from Wellesley College.

 

 

 


 

Jonathan Kaler

Jonathan Kaler has joined PierPoint as the National Sales Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cecil M. Lapiz –

Cecil M. Lapiz attended Liceo de Cagayan University in the Philippines. After college, Cecil moved to the US and worked at Mark David Furniture. After leaving that post, she began working at PierPoint in 2012.
She enjoys playing badminton and playing the guitar and keyboard.

 


Julie Fu – Sourcing Manager

Julie is our sourcing manager and is located in Shanghai, China.
Julie has extensive experience in the textiles industry and has been with PierPoint for over 4 years.  When Julie is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and singing.  We are always entertained to hear her singing some of the more popular American songs.

 


Nora Chief Rug Tester

Katherine and Steve’s dog Nora is their chief rug tester, always taking the rug out for a spin, or an afternoon nap.